By VK1999 Latest Reply 2010-10-27 10:00:39 -0500
Started 2010-10-25 23:27:17 -0500

My husband was diagnosed about 10 years ago and I'm not sure it is from a natural cause. It was an immediate onset and has always been uncontrollable. For some reason about 5 years ago the diabetes went dormant for about 2 years. When he caught a really bad cold about 3 years ago the doc gave him a steroid which cause the diabetes to return. Has anyone ever herd of this happening? His levels are uncontrollable and his Doc is at a loss. We have tried lots of different types of insulin and none seem to have a very good affect. Food doesn't seem to bother him much either no matter what he eats they are always about the same. I have tried doing different diets, vitamins and minerals and nothing seems to help. If anyone has ever had a problem like this I would love to hear anything information you have to offer.

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realsis77 2010-10-27 08:48:48 -0500 Report

As I understand it diabetes doesn't go dormante. He will always have it. Its a matter of weather its controlled or not controlled.

VK1999 2010-10-26 17:57:27 -0500 Report

He takes the humulin R for meals and humulin 70/30 twice daily

kdroberts 2010-10-27 09:04:36 -0500 Report

I would really urge you to discuss a plan with humalog (or novolog or apidra) and lantus (or levemir) with his doctor. You are on a pretty rigid plan right now and it's hard to make the adjustments needed.

VK1999 2010-10-27 10:00:39 -0500 Report

I understand that you can't have diabetes then not and then have of again that's why I chose the word dormant mean he still had it bit it wasn't active. I mean right now if he at a whole box of twinkies it would probably kill him and when he went dormant he could eat what ever he want including a whole box of twinkies and he would not go over 130 ever in that whole 2 years with no medication at all. I mean how else do you explain be insulin dependant and the not? Now I know it downs make any sense and even his Dr couldn't understand it. He didn't loose any weight and he wasn't on any type of diet it was just there and uncontrollable and then it was like it never happened and then it was back. I started two threads about this and on the other thread Gabby mentioned brittle diabetes and it would make perfect sense as he does have bipolar that the Dr can't seem to treat cuz all the meds for it are heavily sugar coated and I think that might have been where the diabetes came from. But how do you treat the underlying problem in order to control the diabetes if you can't take the medication?

I don't mean to sound rude just really frustrated cuz he seems to be one of a kind and I'm not sure what to do. At this rate he became diabetic 12 years ago and 5 years ago he got neuropathy what's next he is only 32 and I understand how important it is to get this under control. My uncle is 49 already had to be on dialysis and had a transplant and his body is rejecting it . He looks awful and he is in the hospital all the time. I DON'T want my husband to go through the same thing. I scares me ALOT. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!

kdroberts I plan on asking the Dr to with his insulin but I pretty sure they tried novalog and it didn't do much difference. We will have to see what he says

VK1999 2010-10-26 12:42:39 -0500 Report

By dormant i mean he not longer hed to take insulin or even test for that matter for 2 whole years. Now i do know you can get this disease from a tragic accident and he was in a bike wreck prior to having the diabetes but it wasnt that bad so i didnt associate it with this. but now i am stating to think this is where it all started. I dont know how he went dormant. Just started happening and at the time we werent even on any specific diet, and he was on his normal insulin. He has tried humulin R, and N, and 70/30 Also Novalin R, N, 70/30 he is insulin resistant i am pretty sure as it takes ALOT to controll him we have tried just about ever diabetic diet no carbs, less carbs, low cal., ect. I am at a loss : (

kdroberts 2010-10-26 12:48:03 -0500 Report

Just because he didn't have to test or take insulin doesn't mean that the diabetes was gone, it is possible to manage type 2 it with diet and exercise. As for the insulin types, haave you tried a combo of long lasting insulin like lantus or levemir and a mealtime one like apidra, novolog or humalog when he eats? That would seem like a better choice than the mixes and older types since with the mealtime ones you can inject what you need based on what you eat and can take more if your blood sugar is too high. Something like metformin might also help.

And yes, you can get diabetes from medication, steroids are a prime one and most have high blood sugar and/or diabetes as listed possible side effects.

kdroberts 2010-10-26 10:52:59 -0500 Report

What do you mean it went dormant? What types of insulin did you try and how were you using them? What sort of diets have you tried?

Harlen 2010-10-26 10:40:27 -0500 Report

I have not .
But you never know I have never Known of diabetc going dormant iether.
Best wishes